Tuesday, 12/5/17

How special was Mariah Castillo’s third place finish at NXN? Story.

Raevyn Rogeers is a girly girl and fierce. Only 21, she is a six time NCAA champion. …Watch. Huge win as a freshman.

Women are naturally more fit than men

Amby Burfoot: Running ‘Softer’ Might Reduce Your Injury Risk

Lonely and Loving It

the morning shakeout. He’s right, CIM is special. The course is forgiving, fast, and legal. 649 ran sub three. The weather can be great (cold) or lousy. In ’87, super cold and a driving rain, I had my worst marathon experience. In the medical tent afterwards with hypothermia. In ’88, in ideal conditions, I ran my second best marathon (2:51:55).

In a ridiculously small (31 high school males) study, cross training improved cross country runners. Read.

Why the NFL sucks.

Why we kinda suck too because we don’t jump stairs like Ashton Eaton or Alysia Montano. …But we can run or walk up stairs, hills, and mountains.

2017 December OTC Newsletter

Monday, 12/4/17

Obstacle race for kids coming to SCV

Q&A with Courtney Frerichs. Silver medalist in the 3000 steeple at 2016 World Championships. …Train with someone better than you.

You’re Probably Not Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables

On our addiction to brainless nonsense.

Saying goodbye to California

Weekend, 12/2-3/17 -Castillo 3rd at NXN!

Neely Gracey video: I’m a Runner

NYT: Running

Video: Mariah Castillo at NXN

What Jerry Schumacher Taught Me

Alex Hutchinson: What masters athletes know about healthy aging

Kids have never been safer. …And less fit?

Today at the California International Marathon:
23. Jameson Mora 2:17:33
42. Seth Totten 2:19:27
128. Justin Panananan 2:33:05
770. Chris Louie 3:05:13
846. Katrina Graham 3:07:27
2267. Christopher Go 3:40:32

Friday, 12/1/17

The Secret of Pre’s Rock …Q&A with Pre’s friend, Mike Manley.

Q&A with Brandon Hudgins. He’s an elite middle distance runner who struggles with vasculitis.

Sports and the fear of death

Cool video: A Glimpse at the Sweet, Simple Life of a New Zealand Hut Warden

Another: 8 tips for 100-mile trail races – from Anton Krupicka

Thursday, 11/30/17

How an Olympic Runner Hits Race Weight

About dedication. Mikaela Shiffrin Does Not Have Time for a Beer

Saugus boys defy odds…

What can the Glasgow effect teach us about stress and adaptation?

Is This What I Have To Do To Get Away From My Phone?

Winston Churchill was born on November 30, 1874. More. If really serious, and love a great biography, dive into The Last Lion. Collectively, that’s 3,961 pages.

Wednesday, 11/29/17

NYT: How Running May or May Not Help the Heart

The latest on U.S.A. vs. Lance Armstrong

What runners can learn from Jenny Simpson and Vincent van Gogh. …As it happens, today is date night. Dinner and a movie, Loving Vincent

How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind 

Tuesday, 11/28/17

the morning shakeout

Benefits of Walking. Alone is good. With your mate is better.

The ten commandments of running etiquette

State Finals Podium Teams Since 1987

Malcolm Gladwell says we should boycott college football, especially at elite academic institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and especially Stanford. Video.

Why Your Running Cadence Still Matters. For about a dozen years, a changing cast of characters would do a weekly 24 miler, always on Sunday. Sometimes we would do minute drills in the final mile or two, counting our steps. With the focus on the turnover, on maintaining (increasing?) our turnover, the first minute drill was easy, and our legs felt re-energized. The minute “easy” interval felt great. But the next few “fast” intervals got increasingly tough… Try it sometime.

Monday, 11/27/17

Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life

Must see video on Jordan Hasay

Outside: The Greatest…

Books To Base Your Life On

Fever is a sign that we should isolate ourselves from the herd. More.

Thanksgiving Weekend, 2017

Answers to Every Possible Thanksgiving Health Question

To Delay Death, Lift Weights

AI, The Good and Scary

Friday Inspiration

Where I blew the budget this weekend.

On Black Friday, we visited The Museum of Flight. Seriously, if not comatose, and you still care about history and science, it’s a must see. Our favorite exhibit was the Air Force One in the era of Eisenhower through Nixon.

The story behind the story: The journalist who exposed Team Sky

How I Got My Attention Back

CIF-State XC Championships today. Results here.

NYT: Running

Why Physical Exercise Might Be the Best Way to Keep Your Mind Sharp. …Reading books helps too.

For some reason, my Facebook friends plead for Bill Walton to STFU. Googled and found this. Sez Shoe Dog is the most important human in sports. …We liked the book, but not enough to read again. But it’s still on the shelf.

John Ford said John Wayne walked “…like a goddamn fairy.”

Signal on state finals …Cheers for all you Foothillers. Collectively, was that the most successful season ever?

Angry people die sooner. Runners lose their anger by running long, i.e., until the anger leaves them.

Canyon/Bro provides details and photos and links re state finals.

We returned to Eugene via Amtrak. The conductor was a tough, but fun dude. Announced folks consuming their own alcohol would be “tossed.” Ditto those folks yakking on their cell phones. Smoking? Not on the train, in the station, on Amtrak property. It was fun/kinda sad watching folks exit the train and hurry off the property to smoke. In the rain!

Wednesday, 11/22/17

Ken Goe reports on Shalane Flanagan.

Sugar Scam. …Ask your PCP if you can exercise away all the harm of too much sugar (including alcohol) in your life.

Semi-Rad on the holidays. …We’re in Tacoma. We took our time driving a U-Haul with Philadelphia Quaker family heirlooms. Mapquest indicated that is a 4 hour, 18 minutes journey (assuming you’re a 20 year old male maniac, or a 50 year old male marathoner who still thinks himself 20 years old). With a few wrong turns, and an extended, unplanned Chinese lunch in Olympia, it took us 7 hours, 16 minutes. But who is counting? We’re here!